NEEDLES — Both the Needles City Council and Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees consider annual budgets today after public hearings in simultaneous meetings; the council in chambers at 1111 Bailey Ave., the school board in the District Support Office on Erin Drive.

Public sessions for both are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

City council is also to hear a presentation by Phil LeJeune of the Public Utilities Board on the 2019 Solar Summit held May 14 - 15 in Scottsdale, Ariz.

They’ll also consider some requested zone changes, vote on time extensions for conditional use permits for several cannabis facilities, and act on a temporary agreement for operation of Needles Area Transit and associated services including Dial-a-Ride, medical transport and a ‘shoppers shuttle’ to the Mohave Valley.

A discretionary item would declare Needles a Second Amendment Sanctuary City.

Council will consider accepting a $100,000-plus bid to install security glass and drywall in the lobby of the Third Street city offices; and spending more than $24,000 to mitigate moisture problems discovered during demolition of the old gym floor in the recreation center.

Besides considering the budget, described in California educational circles as the Local Control Funding Formula and its accompanying goals and objectives for a Local Control Accountability Plan, the school board will consider salaries for administrative and California School Employees Association workers and hear a presentation by board President J.P. Lusk on the role of the board, bylaws and approved protocols, communication and legal codes that govern board action.

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